Bradford Holds 4th Health Mela

Bradford Holds 4th Health Mela

Bradford had its 4th annual Health Mela on Saturday 24th September 2016 at the University of Bradford Student Central.

Professor Kailash Mohanty, local organiser of the event, welcomed the guests and the visitors. He said, “This is a unique event that helps engage the community and empowers it to lead a healthy lifestyle. It provides opportunity for the visitors to communicate with several local and national healthcare providers. They can also avail themselves of the free health checks and confidential 1:1 lifestyle advice from health professionals and health counselling.”

The Chief Guests for the Health Mela were The Lord Mayor Cllr Geoff Reid and Rotarian Phil Poole District Governor of Rotary District no 1040 (Yorkshire plus).

Rotarian Poole briefly outlined the role of the Rotary International in promoting health awareness and prevention throughout the world, in particular its role in eradicating polio. He said Rotary was proud to be associated with the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing in promoting health awareness amongst communities.

The Lord Mayor Cllr Geoff Reid congratulated the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing for its work in empowering local people in taking control of their health

Professor Romesh Gupta, OBE, Chairman of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, said,  “I am delighted that the Health Mela is once again returning to Bradford. We have always had tremendous support from organisations in this area and I hope they will continue to take advantage of this distinctive event.”

The highlight of the event was the health MOT which was carried out by the medical students from University of Central Lancashire’s medical school. Several people took advantage of this unique opportunity and had their health assessed and received confidential 1:1 advice regarding lifestyle. They were supervised by Mr Ravin Shah and Dr Abhay Vaidya.

Over 100 visitors visited the event and 23 took advantage of the full health MOT. Of these, 6 were found to have high cholesterol and 9 had high sugar levels but were known diabetic.

This year’s Health Mela was supported by a wide range of government, academic, and voluntary organisations.